Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking “What’s in it for me?” ~Brian Tracy
I don’t like labels of “successful” and “unsuccessful,” but I do like the point Brian makes. People who help others are the one who make more money, have more fun, and enjoy a more fulfilling life. That is pretty much how we define success.
Have you ever pondered how helpful you are? Or is your first thought focused back on what’s in it for you? The more I study “success,” the more I understand that the magnitude of our helping is the key to it all.
I recently read a new book called Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl. I share this with you for many reasons. First of all, because books matter. I am biased certainly, but I believe that books make a difference in how we see the world and how we live our lives. Nugget by nugget by nugget, books shape us.
Books help us tremendously. Knowledge is passed to us through books, and so much more. The inspiration to think a little differently is the beauty bestowed by the written word.
How often do you recommend a book to someone? How often do you hear someone quote a book reference while giving a speech? How often do you see quotes from books posted in articles, on the news, etc?
Oh, my dears, book matter.
Another reason I mention this book is that it is helpful to folks wanting to sell their books. Many of you reading this are interested in that very topic, and I want to be helpful. Any good information I can share, I will.
One more reason that I bring up this book is because the author makes the point over and over that in one’s marketing, and biz, the key is to be relentlessly helpful. I like that phrase. I am often praised and thanked (my ego loves praise and thanks) for my helpfulness. I know I am a helpful resource. I don’t know if I can call myself “relentlessly helpful.”
Well, yes, I do. I have latched on to that phrase and enjoy that my renewed mission is to take helpful up a notch and label myself relentlessly helpful. Thank you, Tim; that nugget from your book has served me.
That’s what books do. They serve us. We take the golden gems that light us up and we carry forth into the world with a new insight, deeper clarity, or a renewed sense of purpose.
The power of words. Use your power for good. Use yours to be helpful. You won’t regret it. In fact, you will notice your “success meter” will tick upward. The more you serve, the more good you give others, the more abundance you receive.
Life is not exactly a big boomerang, but the love and goodwill we put out into the world does come hurtling back at us. When you are faced now with a decision or opportunity, instead of the reflex reaction of “what’s in it for me?” ask instead, “How can I be more helpful?”
Let me know what happens to your definition of success.
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